I started this quilt back in August of 2012. It was put aside numerous times as I tried to decide if I wanted to make the whole quilt. After I got the pattern – Edyta Starr – Common Bride – (listed in the traditional quilts in the index on the side) I decided I really didn’t like it as much as I thought I had.
Finally I decided that I would go no further than the center medallion but use some of the applique and some of the star blocks in the rest of the quilt – this is what I ended up with. Because it is so different than the original I decided to call it “Uncommon, Common Bride”. The quilt measures 70 x 73 inches.
This quilt is needle turn applique, hand pieced, and some machine piecing. I quilted it with Quilters Dream Select loft (med weight). I used King Tut variegated thread to hand quilt. It took about 100 hours of quilting. I started to quilt it in the hoop but had a hard time with it. I’m so used to quilting at my 3 roller that after getting the center medallion done in the hoop I moved it to the frame – yes you can do that and it does work! You just put it on 2 of the rollers instead of 3. This link on my personal blog shows how I got it set up.
The background fabrics are a variety of white on white fabrics from the stash. I will never hand quilt though a white on white though again that has as much painting on it as this one does on the border – the final border has the same fabric in it and it was very hard to quilt though – leaving me with larger stitches and not as consistent as I would have liked to be. The more paint on the white on white or white on beige or whatever colors it comes in – the harder it is to hand quilt through.
I ordered my backing fabric from Connecting Threads – it is a wide back. I was not pleased with it as it wasn’t as light as it appeared in the photo to me – I went ahead and used it anyhow. I mainly order on line as I have no fabric stores in my area – for the past 10+ years I have been over all pleased with the fabric I received – this is only one of two or three orders that I have not been pleased with – the stitches do not show up on the back of the quilt – but then most times we do not look at the back do we – I never make a quilt with the intention to enter into a show as I quilt mainly just for my own pleasure – when a quilt is finished then I decide what I want to do with it. I do not want the stress of perfection to get a quilt to a show.